Back in August, when Camp Casey was in full swing outside of Bush’s Crawford
Ranch, the right wingers found some information they loved. That information was
about Cindy Sheehan having past tax troubles. She had acquired some liens
against her property over the years for a problem that many Americans face. It
was a great talking point for the right. I even remember O’Reilly and Limbaugh
trying to discredit her because she did not do her patriotic duty of paying her
Now lets see what the right will say about Supreme Court Nominee Harriett
Washington — The year Harriet Miers began work as a senior presidential
aide in the White House, the city of Dallas slapped three liens in three
months on a property she controls in a low-income minority Dallas
neighborhood, records show.
The city placed the liens in 2001 to force her to reimburse it for
clearing the vacant lot of tall grass, weeds and debris after Miers failed
to have the work done herself, as required by city law, and after she did
not respond to city notices to maintain the property.
It was not the first time the city had to take action. Records show that
since Miers assumed power of attorney for her ailing mother in 1995, the
city has issued seven other liens on vacant lots that Miers controls in the
same neighborhood around Tipton Park.
All 10 liens, totaling less than $2,000, have been paid, a city spokesman
But the failure of Miers, a former Dallas City Council member, to comply
with city law, and her slow response in reimbursing the city, run counter to
her image as a meticulous, detail-oriented attorney who is always well
I guess if you want to be Supreme Court Justice, then tax liens are ok, but
if you want to oppose Bush’s illegal war in Iraq then tax liens are damaging
proof against your patriotism. This should be an interesting talking point over
the next few days – lets see how the right tries to spin it around.